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Ignore Facebook At Your Peril
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OtherJimDonahue
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8/20/2013 | 1:46:26 PM
re: Ignore Facebook At Your Peril
I'm seeing weird pushback on ads on Facebook: "How dare you put ads on MY Facebook wall! Spam!!" People are weirdly protective and see Facebook less like something they buy (like a newspaper with ads) than something they own.

Honestly, I don't get it, and have no trouble going by ads without being distracted by them, but that's a pervasive sentiment, and advertisers are going to need to be aware.

(I have to admit, I signed up for some info on local car dealerships after seeing a Facebook ad, and regret it as now I'm getting about 250-300 spam emails a day as a result. So now every time that ad shows up again, I leave a message telling people not to sign up.)
Palpatine
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8/21/2013 | 1:17:39 PM
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people hates ads.
but equally hates to pay services.
of course anyone is willing to make you know how much hates ads and likes to pay for desired, loved, freely chosen services.
but in fact if it works as advertised (pun intended) only for services/products of some markets - professionals, high profile learning and few others - with, on the contrary, ad supported model being more successful on most if consumerized mass markets, as web and well before tv and newspapers ads market demonstrated.
often the two things mixes (had you ever/often chose a newspaper costing twice because of the relatively scarce ads compared to competing ones, in last 50 years? or it was a minor point, and price was in between major selling points?) and ad support became a key factor in cutting prices in many markets where revenues are a small percent over large investments.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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8/20/2013 | 2:15:48 PM
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I agree that nothing on Facebook is private, so in some cases you might as well merge public and private accounts. I do think it's time for companies resistant to Facebook to jump on the band wagon. It's consumer preference, and therefore it needs to be business preference in order to cater to that expectation.
RobPreston
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8/20/2013 | 2:39:42 PM
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Color me old school. What I do on Facebook (and I don't do a lot there) is mostly personal. What I do on Twitter and LinkedIn is business. I'd prefer not to cross those lines.
Thomas Claburn
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8/20/2013 | 8:17:04 PM
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That's more or less my view on it too. I have Facebook as locked down as the privacy controls allow. But as a consequence it's less useful. I maintain a presence there mainly for communicating with relatives who seem to prefer it to email.
Cara Latham
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8/21/2013 | 9:28:26 PM
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I agree with you here, but I think some industries like banking and pharma are still reluctant because of regulations. If they can get around those issues, both industries stand to benefit from Facebook interaction (improving patient compliance to medications and improving banking apps, etc.).
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/20/2013 | 4:50:17 PM
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If your business lends itself to wide appeal (consumer products, mainstream media, car dealerships, etc), you're insane not to have a presence on Facebook. But personally I've never been able to make Facebook work as a professional social networking resource. LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ have taken care of that. Facebook is for personal use, though less and less since I discovered Instagram.
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8/20/2013 | 7:14:52 PM
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I absolutely hate it that this author could be even 5% right. I have absolutely no time for facebook.
Exit to Shell
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8/21/2013 | 3:23:43 PM
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I agree. Facebook is 100% useless as far as I am concerned. In order to do anything nowadays, you have to login with your Facebook account. I absolutely refuse to be forced into allowing Facebook to track everywhere I go and deliver customized spam. I cannot wait for the fad to die.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/21/2013 | 6:41:40 PM
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I had that experience recently. I downloaded a silly mobile app and could only sign in through Facebook. The app wanted access to all my Facebook info -- profile, current city, friend list, email address, birthday, education history, interests, likes, etc, etc. All for a silly app. Needless to say, I didn't sign in and deleted the app.
Ramon S
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8/21/2013 | 11:48:56 AM
re: Ignore Facebook At Your Peril
Facebook is fine as a business tool if your target audience is between 6 and 16. For me who potentially makes real purchase decisions a company heavily engaged on Facebook cannot be taken seriously.
Sacalpha1
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8/22/2013 | 4:31:58 AM
re: Ignore Facebook At Your Peril
It sure would be nice if just one article about social media would outline the business case for action. There is lot's of hype and lot's of discussion about what consumers like or dislike, but virtually no discussion as to why a business should initiate some social media effort like a Facebook presence. There is also NEVER any discussion about the industries where social media makes sense. For retailers, some technology companies, and consumer goods companies it may some sense, especially as it relates to brand equity. But for business to business industries like chemicals or heavy manufacturing or mining is just does not make sense. We have had years of hype around social media. It's now time to put up or shut up. Author's need to start providing the business rationale that justifies their content or shut up about this and find something else to rah rah about. This is especially true of InfoWeek. I am tired of your hype based articles. How about some facts and proof for a change!!!!
Petar Zivovic
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8/26/2013 | 6:03:44 PM
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Perhaps a few examples of companies successfully using Facebook and how they use it would go a long way in illustrating the benefits alluded to here?


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